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Employee Health Screenings

Employee health screenings, usually offered through a health or wellness fair, are one of the best ways to identity past, current, and potential health issues among employees.

Tips for Planning A Health Fair

When used in conjunction with the health risk appraisals,employee health screenings are an effective way for employers to help educate employees about their health status.

Employee Health Screenings

The most common screenings offered at the worksite include blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, glucose testing (diabetes risk), body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.

Depending on how complex employers want their health fair you can also include additional screenings including bone mineral density, lung function testing, vision, hearing, and skin cancer screenings and many others.

The more employees know about their health, the better their chances of making change. Knowledge is power! However, most often the type and amount of screenings offered is solely based on cost of services.

Why Offer Health Screenings?

Early detection and disease prevention is very important to addressing increase health care claims among organizations. Knowing employee risk factors not only allows behavior change but save lives, and can help prevents excess health claim costs down the road.

For example, the average cost of treatment for early detection of prostate cancer is about $45,000 versus treatment at a later stage is $145,000. The difference is a life but it also is the cost of a great, comprehensive wellness program. If funding is an issue for senior management, be sure to share this information with them.

On site screenings most often are low-cost and my recommendation is to host opportunities like this once a year. The most important thing you can offer employees is a chance to achieve or maintain good quality of life. A large majority of employers allocate wellness benefits to employers on an annual basis for routine care exam (mammograms, lab draws,e etc). While this is a great benefits, a large majority of employees either don’t realize they have it, don’t know how to use it, or just plain do not get routine exams when they need it for whatever reason.

Offering employees these services onsite at the worksite removes the barriers like lack of time and inconvenience for employees.What are the most crucial components to offering employee health screenings?

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